How to tackle herdsmen, farmers clashes – Expert

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An expert on peace and conflict studies, Dr Goke Adesiyan,has advised government to constitute a conflict resolution panel to end the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

Adesiyan, a lecturer at the Osun State University, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Osogbo while reacting to the latest killings in Zamfara, said clashes between herdsmen and farmers were assuming a dangerous trend which needed to be tackled in order not to heat up the polity.

According to him, a conflict resolution panel is necessary for the purpose of aggregating the diverse interests of the warring factions.

“It is so disheartening that this is happening now when the level of insurgency in the country is becoming more worrisome and unbearable.

“I believe a very robust strategy needs to be designed to tackle this ugly trend headlong for us to avert a major crisis that will worsen the security situation in the country.

“A conflict resolution panel needs to be constituted as a matter of exigency to aggregate the contradicting interests of the parties and make them to meet one another half way.

“Also, the warring parties must first and foremost cultivate a patriotic mindset for peace to reign and for the sustainability of our democracy,” he said.

Adesiyan urged law enforcement agencies in the country to be more proactive in checking the menace of illegal immigrants who might be taking advantage of the porous borders to wreak havoc

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